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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

How to improve your reading

mheredgemheredge Posts: 49,060 ✭✭✭✭
This very short BBC video gives some useful tips for improving your reading.


Aimed not just to students of English, it applies to everyone who wants to read more effectively and faster.

But when you are reading to improve your vocabulary, it is all the more important that don't get let unfamiliar words slow you down. WHat techniques do you use to read faster and to learn new words?


  • VokVok Posts: 2,640 ✭✭✭✭
    I consider myself to be a rather slow reader. Whenever I try to speed up my reading pace, my comprehension inevitably drops. So I've given up even trying because comprehension is not what I'm going to compromise. As to learning new vocabulary, I don't usually do much about it. I just keep reading if I come across an unknown word for the first time and I can guess whey it means. Having encountered it several times I may look it up in a dictionary but I never learn words by heart. It can be added into the anki and that is as far as it usually gets.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,704 mod
    Hi Vok. Do you use flashcards? Do you ever review them?
  • VokVok Posts: 2,640 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi @Teach . I used to create them with a piece of paper but since I've discovered the Anki app it's got more practical to add flashcards into the app. I do review them quite often but I'd call this process "getting used" to new words not learning.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 49,060 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2019
    @Vok I used to find flashcards very useful when I was learning Nepali. I used to stick them around my kitchen to mull over while I was having my breakfast. Perhaps I should get back into a habit of making them for Italian vocabulary.

    This weekend I am planning to go for the day to Ventigmille and will be meeting some Italian friends there who will be joining the French and Anglophone contingent to do some sketching. I now have a very good incentive to try to learn vocabulary linked to drawing and art.
  • almog250almog250 Posts: 37 ✭✭
    Thank you very much for share it I will hope that will help me to read and spaek better :D have a great day
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 49,060 ✭✭✭✭
    @almog250 you are very welcome.
  • AntonioDAntonioD Posts: 7
    Hello :) You could practice reading books in English, but also following some blogs online could be useful. I would also suggest you, when reading, to highlight all those words and expressions that you don't know or that you're not sure about, write them down and then look for their meaning. You could also download a dictionary app such as Merriam Webster.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 49,060 ✭✭✭✭
    @AntonioD I also suggest reading short newspaper articles and if you have the paper version, underline words you don't know to come back to after you have finished reading the story.
  • Cinzia80Cinzia80 Posts: 319 ✭✭
    Everytime I read something, I translate simultaneously what I'm reading in my language.

    I do this to focus myself in every words I read.
    But sometimes I realize that my mind read and comprehend what is written even without the simultaneous translation.

    So what do you suggest to me? Is it better continue in this way, or trying to read without the simultaneous translation?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 49,060 ✭✭✭✭
    It is much better that you don't try to translate every work you are reading, but just let your mind understand the English @Cinzia80. It is a very good sign you can read and understand without mentally going through the process of translating word for word what you read.
  • Cinzia80Cinzia80 Posts: 319 ✭✭
    Ok @mheredge I'll give it a try, thanks ;)
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